Linda Nolan talks ‘lonely’ lockdown and urges people to get flu jab amid heartbreaking cancer battle
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Linda Nolan recently shared her heartbreak after her oncologist revealed new tumours have appeared in her liver.
The 61 year old was diagnosed secondary breast cancer which spread to her hip in 2017 and her liver in 2020. It was also announced her 70 year old sister Anne was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer at the same time.
And in an exclusive chat with OK! online, Linda and sister Denise Nolan, 68, spoke about the impact lockdown has had on them and why they’re urging people to get the flu jab.
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The sisters, who are living together, admitted they miss going to restaurants as it’s “their thing.”
Linda, who has opened up on her fear of dying from her illness, added: “I’ve had mental health problems, quite a few years ago actually, and loneliness is a massive thing. I’ll just call up my sisters sometimes and say ‘hello, can I come round for dinner tonight?’ if I’ve been on my own for a couple of days.
“I’m in a bubble with Denise and her partner but it is lonely and you have too much time to think. It’s really difficult.”
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Denise added that she feels “so sorry” for those living on their own during lockdown, while saying: “There is help out there and you’ve got to take advantage of it.”
She added: “We’re in tier 3 and that really got me down as well you know. I think the worst thing for me is, and I totally understand the restrictions, but I don’t understand why they let pubs open and not restaurants.
“The one thing we love to do is watch the world go by sitting in a cafe and every one we were in, well they were so vigilant. We love to sit in restaurants, that’s our thing basically, and the fact I can’t go out shopping and then pop in and have a cup of tea that has been so depressing for me.”
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The sisters also told us that they’ll have to be “very careful” when it gets to Christmas and might see the rest of their family, including sisters Anne, Maureen and Coleen “at some point.”
Denise said: “We miss the little ones. We’re so close to the little tots, they range from five to 11 and there’s nine of them, little ones. We’re close to our nieces and nephews but obviously at Christmas you like spending time with the tots.
“That’s another big drawback from the pandemic, we don’t see enough of them.”
And the famous sisters are currently urging those who can get the flu jab to do so, following the news that 3.72m people in England who are living with someone on the NHS shielded patient list due to COVID-19 are eligible for the free flu vaccine.
Discussing their involvement with the campaign Denise explained: “It’s a no brainer. Over 50s can have the flu jab now, young children, pregnant women and it’s a tenner and for some people that’s a lot of money coming up to Christmas but you can also get it for free now if you’re eligible and it’s a no-brainer.
“If my sister gets flu it would kill her, either of my sisters, Anne or Linda, who both have cancer. I’m fortunate that, touch wood, I’ve never actually had flu but I know it’s an awful, awful illness and it can be fatal.”
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Linda added: “When we were asked to be involved in the campaign, well like Denise said it was a no brainer because we just want to let people know that you can get it for free if you’re eligible, it’s out there.
“Denise has been looking after me during my chemo and it’s important she gets the jab because there’s no point in her looking after me if she didn’t go and get it.
“There’s a lot of people who care for their mother, brother, grandmother or whoever and I don’t think they realise that they can go and get it for free as well.”
To find out if you’re eligible for the free flu vaccine, contact your local GP or pharmacist, or visit: www.nhs.uk/fluvaccine.
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